February 22, 2014
A new exhibit opening Sunday at the Walters Art Museum is an homage to unsteady hands and uncertain tempers, to chips and nicks, to the inconsistent and unfinished. In "Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics," many of the 60 vases on display contain an obvious and intentional flaw. One artist, who is known for kicking each pot with a boot before it is fired, has deliberately gouged a small V-shaped segment from his vessel's rim. In a vase by another artist, the upper lip of the vase departs from a uniform circle and wobbles slightly.
February 19, 2014
After 15 years at the Charles Theatre , the Maryland Film Festival will be moving into new digs in May. The operators of the Charles, James “Buzz” Cusack and his daughter, Kathleen Cusack Lyon, chose not to rent their five-screen facility to the festival this year, film festival head Jed Dietz said. The 16 th festival, scheduled for May 7-11, will be held at spaces in the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Baltimore , the Walters Art Museum and the Windup Space on North Avenue.
February 7, 2014
This weekend, Baltimore moviegoers will get their first look at "The Monuments Men," the long-awaited film by director and actor George Clooney about the Allied effort during World War II to recover thousands of priceless artworks looted by the Nazis and return them to their rightful owners. The film, with an all-star cast that includes Mr. Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett, is based on the book of the same name by historian Robert M. Edsel and relates the story of how an unlikely band of museum curators, art historians and conservators followed the Allied armies across Europe to ferret out the caves, salt mines and ruined buildings where Nazi officials had hidden these cultural treasures.
January 22, 2014
We'll continue to update this list of cultural and commercial institutions shutting down for the day. If you know of additional closings, please note in the comments field. American Visionary Art Museum is closed. Baltimore Museum of Industry is closed. Maryland Science Center is closed. Port Discovery is closed. All Pratt Library locations are closed. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will open at noon.
January 20, 2014
Shelia Burkhalter and her 8-year-old daughter, Sydney, spent Monday afternoon cutting out maps, drawing and writing in matching books titled, "My personal journey. " The Burkhalters were participating in a day of activities at the Walters Art Museum to commemorate the life and message of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "It's not a day off, but a day on," said Shelia Burkhalter, an associate vice president for student affairs at University of Baltimore, explaining that her family usually volunteers on Martin Luther King Day. Her husband's work schedule did not permit it this year.
January 17, 2014
This schedule will be in effect Monday, Jan. 20: Government offices Closed in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Frederick counties, and in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Courts Closed in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Frederick counties, and in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Libraries Closed in all jurisdictions. Public schools Closed in all jurisdictions. Trash Regular service in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties and in Annapolis.